To the editor:
The Great Calusa Rubber Duck Race, which was held Saturday, March 1, was once again a fantastic success. Over $30,000 was raised for the Calusa Land Trust, which procures and preserves environmentally sensitive land here on Pine Island.
The weather, the wind and the tides were perfect and 3,000 bright yellow ducks jumped into the water at 4 p.m. and raced down the canal at Woody's Waterside. The first duck crossing the finish line was #910 belonging to Gerry Fischer, who won an offshore fishing trip with "Better Days Charter Service." The remaining 19 of the "Olympic Swimmers" that also reached the finish line won a variety of great prizes for their owners.
The racing ducks are dumped into the canal at Woody’s Waterside.
Watching and cheering the racers was an enthusiastic crowd of people enjoying the food, drinks, music, raffles and auctions.
The success of the day was due to the tremendous support of the many people who bought 3,000 duck tickets and those who came to Woody's to participate in the auctions and raffles while enjoying the day and watching the race.
The race committee and the Calusa Land Trust want to thank the more than 200 contributors whose generous donations made the day possible. There is not enough space to list all of you wonderful contributors, but we can't thank you enough for recognizing the importance of the Calusa Land Trust and this Duck Race which is its major fund raiser.
I especially want to thank our host Woody's, the planning committee, the fantastic duck dumpers, all the ticket sellers, and the many workers, who spent many hours to assure the day was successful and enjoyable for all.
The "Pink Duck"
Duck Race Chairman